Christianity is a religion which accepts people from all walks of life, and accepts even the worst sinners, including celebrities. These 20 stars converted to a sect of Christianity to escape the woes of being famous.
Charlie Sheen is known as the bad boy of Hollywood and Las Vegas. The 1980s icon made his name in the 2000s by getting kicked off of his hit show Two and a Half Men and getting caught with women of the night. Charlie Sheen also sent shock waves throughout tinsel town for telling the press he contracted HIV through both women and drugs.
Sheen proclaimed himself to be born again with the power of Christ in late 1997 and checked into rehab for drug use the year after. The star says he is a proud Christian, but he doesn’t seem to be practicing Christian values at this time. Sheen should really look more to God, as his health and well-being have taken a significant hit.
Jane Fonda made her name in Hollywood for being a lead actress, but also for her feminist activism. Fonda was also criticized for her protests and speech against the Vietnam war, and for not sympathizing with Veterans.
Her actions proved that she was a woman for peace and equality, even though many people hated her. Fonda decided to become a practicing Christian in 1998 and stated that God helped her recover from a terrible eating disorder when she turned 60. God gave her the power to believe in herself and again find self-love.
Mr. T made a name for himself by being Muhammad Ali’s bodyguard and for his flashy bling and clothes. The actor made his debut in the Rocky franchise during the film Rocky III for playing Clubber Lang. Mr. T was born a Christian but steered away from its teachings during his first few years as an actor.
The actor chose to be re-baptized in 1977 because he believed that he needed to really devote his body and mind to God. Mr. T is also one charitable dude. After Hurricane Katrina wrecked New Orleans, the former bodyguard sold all of his gold jewelry to donate the proceeds to help the victims. The star stated, “As a Christian when I saw other people lose their lives and lose their land and property I felt that it would be a sin before God for me to continue wearing my gold.”
You might be surprised that singer Alice Cooper, king of darkness and rock and roll, is a devout Christian. The star of the 1970s and 1980s goth music was famous for his elaborate live performances and his gory stage details.
The man is famous for chopping his own head off during a set. But, the life of women, drugs, and rock and roll wasn’t enough to keep this man happy. Cooper became a born-again Christian in 2006 when he realized he couldn’t live the reckless life anymore. Cooper stated, “Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy, But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.”
Everyone knows that the frontman of U2 has dedicated his recent years to bettering the world and stopping world poverty. Bono is an ambassador to the UN and the creator and leader of Band Aid 30, which gives proceeds to ending world hunger.
Bono stated his charity work is a direct effect of his born-again Christian beliefs and that God teaches all men to be good Samaritans. Bono told the press, “I wish to begin again on a daily basis. To be born again every day is something that I try to do.” The singer is the perfect example of a do-gooder celebrity who actually uses his wealth for good.
Anne Rice is a HUGE writing success and the queen of vampires. Rice is the author of the incredibly successful, The Vampire Chronicles series, which introduced the world to the sexy Lestat.
Rice was raised in a staunch Irish Catholic family, yet lost her religion by becoming an agnostic when she was a student at Texas Women’s University in 1959. After the success of her relatively anti-Christian writings, she began again to long for God. In 2002, Rice told the press that she was called to write stories for the Lord and only write for him. She has written the series, Christ the Lord and has discussed her own spiritual journey in the autobiography titled, Called out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession.
The Baldwin family is one of the greatest dynasties in Hollywood and has definitely know its fair share of drama and scandal. Stephen Baldwin is a D list actor, who is known for being the younger brother of Alec. He first rose to fame for his role in Born on the Fourth of July and his for being the sibling of his more-famous brother.
Baldwin was raised in a Roman Catholic house but eventually became a born-again Christian after the attacks on 9/11. The attacks really struck a chord with him and he fully believed that he needed to speak out against hatred and war. Baldwin currently speaks out to the public about his own book, The Unusual Suspect, and also has his own Evangelical ministry and talk show.
MC Hammer and his hammer pants are known for being owners of the trailblazers of hip-hop and 1990s music. MC Hammer’s cult classic hit, “Can’t Touch This,” is one of the most well-known songs of the late 1990s. But, the star didn’t reach hip-hop royalty and was soon known as only being a one-hit wonder.
To deal with the stress of loss of fame, MC Hammer decided to devote most of his time to his faith and his love for God. The artist is currently a born-again Christian, particularly a fan of the Evangelical Christian faith. Hammer gave up the mic and decided to devote his life to spreading the word of God. Hammer is now an ordained minister of the Evangelical faith and hasn’t looked back to music since..
Gloria Gaynor is best known for being the queen of the disco with her hits, “I Will Survive,” and “I Am What I Am.” The singer was at the height of fame when she quickly began to struggle with some serious vices. The singer battled anxiety and stress from exhaustion and overwork.
In the late ’80s after her successful album, I Am Gloria Gaynor, the singer began to devote most of her time to practicing Christianity. Even though she is not as upfront about faith as some of the other celebrities on our list, Gaynor is a proud Christian woman. In late 2012, Gaynor released the Christian album, Christmas Presence, which spoke about the greatness of Jesus.
Angus T. Jones
Angus T. Jones was the “half” on the hit show, Two and a Half Men, but has recently become famous for some other reasons. Despite his Christian views, Angus T. Jones is under fire for being homophobic. Jones claimed that Two and a Half Men was a show filled with “filth” and also stated viewers should not watch it.
The actor is also a great supporter of the homophobic and Evangelical Internet Ministry, “Forerunner Chronicles.” Jones finally released an apology stating that his words were taken out of context and that he doesn’t believe the complete words of his online ministry. He is now trying to balance being an Evangelical follower and a successful actor.
The late iconic musician was an American singer and songwriter who really turned up the funk. Prince was considered one of the greatest songwriters and guitar players of modern music, and really set the bar for rhythmic musicians. Sadly, Prince passed away in April of 2016 from an opioid overdose and addiction. The singer’s legacy lives on and is more popular than ever.
Following his death, Prince’s catalog of music made over $4.41 million and there was a reported spike of 42,000 percent in sales. During his life, Prince struggled with the concept of religion, converting from a Seventh Day Adventist to a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001. Prince was very active in his Jehovah’s Witness community, even up to the day he died.
Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved American actors in all of Hollywood. He is a serious actor, starring in the ever popular Da Vinci Code series, but is also a childhood favorite, serving as the voice of Woody in the cult classic Toy Story. Tom Hanks is also famous for being a born-again Christian.
Hanks is said to believe in all three sects of Christianity including, Catholicism, Mormonism, and the Church of the Nazarene. His wife is also a Christian, a devout Greek Orthodox follower. Hanks has not given details about what he specifically believes in, but he has told the press that he is very passionate about going to Church.
Donna Summer was a former singer, who sadly passed away in 2012 from a 9/11 induced form of lung cancer. Summer was the icon of the disco culture, including its music and sexuality. Summer’s biggest hit was the song, “I Feel Love” cemented her as one of the trailblazers for African American female artists. But, in her later years, Summer left behind the sexuality of fame and became a devout Christian.
The singer stated, “History is history, you can’t un-write it. I accept that’s where I was then, but I consider myself beyond that point and forgiven by God. But I also recognize that was the song (‘Love to Love You, Baby’) that brought me my first success, so he must have known that would happen.” She made peace with her own life, believing that God forgave her past sins.
Sherri Shepherd is a television personality who has landed herself in some hot water. She is an actress and a comedian who is known for her Christian outbursts as co-host of The View. Shepherd grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, yet her family was kicked out of her community for her father’s religious questioning. After she was removed from her church, Shepherd went on a downward spiral with anxiety, depression, and a string of abusive relationships.
She finally found a home by joining the Christian Mega Church in Los Angeles, which helped her through hard times, including a failed marriage and other issues. Her long struggle with faith is now starting to look less depressing.
Tyler Perry is the king of comedy and is the creator of the mega-popular Madea franchise. The actor, screenwriter, and producer is one of the most successful talents in Hollywood and spends most of his time speaking about the need for diversity in show business.
Even though he is not necessarily upfront about his religion, Tyler Perry has told the press before he is a practicing Catholic, who converted when he was younger. The actor stated, “I’m not afraid to have a character say, ‘I am a Christian,” or ‘I believe in God,’ because I think they represent real people on this earth.”
Gladys Knight is considered the queen and the “Empress of Soul” music. Knight first rose to fame during the 1960s and 1970s, as one of the greatest Motown singers of all time. Knight was the lead singer of the group Gladys Knight and the Pips and ventured out on a solo career to be one of the top-selling female artists of all time.
Knight is known for being a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from being a Baptist. Her biggest criticism of the LDS is that they need to add more “pep” into their music. The star is very open about her love for Jesus Christ and that he will bring salvation, just like her music.
Mark Wahlberg is an American actor who is famous for roles in films like Boogie Nights, and also for his music career as the lead singer of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He is also famous for being a sex icon, modeling for brands like Calvin Klein. Mark Wahlberg is also a Roman Catholic actor, who believes that God saved him from being a joke or a one-hit wonder.
Mark Wahlberg considers himself a servant of the Lord and started his own charitable organization called The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. His foundation raises awareness about inner-city children and how to improve their life. Wahlberg has stated, “My faith has really allowed me to overcome a lot of things — and hard work.”
Angela Bassett is a classically trained actress who is also one of the returning stars of the hit anthology series, American Horror Story. Even though Bassett isn’t a very public person when it comes to religion, she is a huge believer. Bassett belongs to the West Angeles Church of God in Los Angeles, which is a Christian sect.
The actress has stated, “When you realize that every breath is a gift from God. When you realize how small you are, but how much he loved you. That he, Jesus, would die, the son of God himself on earth, then you…you just weep. Loving God is like my being black. I just am.”
Bob Dylan is the king of singer-songwriters and is one of the greatest folk singers ever. Dylan is also a Nobel Prize winner for his song book’s contribution to the American culture.
Dylan’s songs are about change, peace, and loving all humans on Earth. Dylan was born into a Jewish family, however, during his career, his belief system was tested. During the late 1970s, Dylan finally converted to Christianity, but he didn’t want people to believe that he was a “bible thumper.” Dylan stated to the press, “I’ve never said I’m born again. That’s just a media term. I don’t think I’ve been an agnostic. I’ve always thought there’s a superior power, that this is not the real world and that there’s a world to come.” The singer-songwriter even stated he isn’t a member of any church, just his own beliefs.
Even though this category isn’t one singular celebrity, the adult film industry is a breeding ground for Christian conversions. The idea is simple. Many people who work in the adult industry are mentally sad and are dealing with loneliness and anxiety.
The Christian community offers a home, where all people, even adult film stars can receive love and forgiveness. It is stated over half of all former adult film stars, who leave the business or “escape” are said to find comfort or convert to Christianity. Ron Jeremy, an adult film star, stated, “A lot of porn stars believe in God. The majority do. I don’t think it’s a problem having my kind of lifestyle as long as you’re honest.”